Nagoba Jathara is a five-day annual Jatara or Fair celebrated at Keslapur Nagoba Temple in Indravelli mandal of Adilabad district, Telangana. In 2018, Nagoba Jathara begins on January 16. Nagoba Jathara Praja Darbar is celebrated on 19 January. Jatara ends on January 20.
The presiding deity of Keslapur temple is Seshanag (Serpent God) with a stone image.
This Jatara is held during Pushya masam & the beginning of Magha Masam. Seshanag temple, also called as Adisesha mandir, is located at the banks of Pranahita River where it merges with river Godavari.
The legend of the temple is associated with the famous Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple located in Karimnagar district.
Preparations for the famous Nagoba Jatara, the pilgrimage-cum-fair, of the Gond tribes of Mesram clan commenced when a group led by five priests or ‘Kathodas’ took the holy dip in Godavari river on Thursday.
The 72 member strong group will carry water from the river in the holy ‘Jhari’, a small long-necked spherical brass vessel, to perform the abhishekam of the Serpent god at the Nagoba temple in Keslapur village of Indervelli mandal before the Jatara begins on February 9.
For Nagoba Jathara, the priests bring Godavari water from a distance of 200 kms. After walking for about 200 km and visiting the villages of Vadgam and Dodanda (Indervelli mandal), Yempally and Kothapalli-B (Narnoor), Lendijala and Gowri (Jainoor, Ghumnoor (Sirpur-U) and Narsimhapur (Jannaram), the Gonds reached Athamadugu near Kalamadugu village in Jannaram mandal early on Thursday.
Nagoba Jathara is one of the grand festivals for Gonds, one of the sections of prominent tribal people. Thousands of people throng the temple of Aadisesha from Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
In 2017, Nagoba Jathara begins on January 27. Nagoba Jathara Praja Darbar is celebrated on 30 January. In 2015, Nagoba Jathara begins on January 19. Nagoba Jathara Praja Darbar is celebrated on 22 January.
In 2013, Nagoba Jathara begins on February 9.
Nagoba Jathara in 2012 was from January 22 to 27 January 2012.